Frequently Asked Questions
Making the decision to come to therapy can be a difficult one. It is normal for those interested in therapy to have many questions about the services they will receive prior to their first session. I have created a list of frequently asked questions, with my answers here; but please do not hestiate to call or email if you would like to ask me questions directly.
How frequently do you meet with your clients?
For therapy to be most effective, I find that for our first few sessions we should meet once a week. I also recognize that each client will have individual needs and different schedules. We will work together to create a plan that fits best with our schedules. Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and research has found that many clients can reach their goals in 10 - 12 sessions.
Do you offer teletherapy (online) services?
Telemental health services, also known as teletherapy, online services, or video based services, allow clients to conveniently access a therapy services. Clients may chose to receive teletherapy services when they do not have access to a local therapist, when they want to work with a therapist in another location, or who have scheduling limitations. Teletherapy can save clients time and money, and clients who receive online services report high satisfaction. Not only have I received the required training and education to provide online services in the state of Texas, but I train therapists and students in the practice of teletherapy at the state and national level, publish on and conduct research on teletherapy, and have received grant funding to develop teletherapy services as a part of the clinical services offered at Texas Tech's on campus Family Therapy Clinic. I offer free consultations for clients to determine whether teletherapy is the right option for your therapy needs.
Do you prescribe medication?
I do not prescribe medication, however, I know many of the psychiatrists in West Texas and will work closely with you and your physician and the selected psychiatrist. In session we can discuss the right course of treatment for you, based on your preferences and presenting concerns.
How much do you charge for therapy?
Therapy sessions cost $110 per session. I am happy to discuss options for fees, as well as payment plans. I accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards. I currently do not accept insurance; however, I can provided documentation for reimbursement through your insurance if requested.
How will I know you are the right therapist for me?
This is an important question, as researchers have found that the relationship between client and therapist is a strong predictor of successful therapeutic outcomes. I encourage you to think about the type of person you will feel comfortable working with as you make this decision. Some helpful questions to consider are: Is this person experienced treating the problems you are facing? Do they respect your personal characteristics, such as age, race, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and weight status?
In our first session I will spend time getting to know you beyond just the problem that brings you in to therapy. You will also have an opportunity to ask me questions and determine whether you believe I will be the best therapist for you to work with. I provide caring, empathetic, and culturally sensitive therapy, and identify as an affirmative therapist.
What is your training and clinical experience?
I have a Master's and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Both of my graduate degrees in MFT are from COAMFTE accredited programs. I have worked with a wide variety of clients, in very diverse settings, including but not limited to: Inpatient Behavioral Health Services, Family Therapy Clinics, Juvenile Justice Center, Women's Protective Services, teletherapy (online, live video conference services), and with Migrant Farm workers proving in home services to the rural farm communities of Eastern North Carolina.
In addition to my clinical practice, I am a professor at Texas Tech University and work with graduate students training to become MFTs. I supervise their clinical work as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Prior to Texas Tech, I taught at Alliant International University's Family Therapy Program, and completed a teaching internship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's Family Therapy Program. My teaching and supervisory experiences in the field keeps me immersed in the field and motivates me to stay up to date on best practices that are proven to help clients reach their goal. Finally, I am one of the few MFTs in this country who has extensive experience researching the impact of technology on romantic relationships.